Eastern White Pine
This large pine tree is native to eastern North America. It is the state tree of Maine and Michigan. To the Native American Iroquois nation, it is known as the Tree of Peace. The cones are slender. Trees can easily reach ages of 200 to 250 years. A tree near Syracuse, New York, was dated to be 458 years old in the late 1980s. The eastern white pine is the tallest tree in eastern North America. It was heavily used as lumber in the 19th century. It is used for flooring and the pine needles can be used in herbal tea. The pine tar may be mixed with beer to remove tapeworms and if mixed with sulfur it can treat dandruff. Smaller cultivars of the eastern white pine make popular Christmas trees.